I was just a young girl, barely 19 years old in the opening stages of life. I was invincible. I could conquer any problem life would put in my path, epsecially with the man of my dreams by my side. It's been 20 years and I have been married longer than I have been single. I looked at my darling husband and thanked that Lord once again for the miracle he is in my life. For his goodness, his love, patience, and devotion to our children.
Twenty years, gone is the trim body and in it's place stretch marks and excess weight. As I was looking at this photo and how much I have changed physically you would hardly recognize me. I hardly recognize myself. Yet, I find that I can not wish for a different outcome.
Each stretch mark is a physical reminder of growth. The last twenty years have been filled with many struggles, things that have tried and tested me... us as a couple. They have created greater strength in our marriage bringing us closer to the Lord with each passing test. How grateful I am for such a loving husband who cherishes me despite my blemishes.
I look at my young face and praise a loving Heavenly Father for the bountious blessings I have received over the last 20 years, more than I deserve. I had no idea such happiness could come to someone such as I. I could have never phathomed the depth of love two people could develop and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have found out.
To my darling John, I love you more than words can express. I look forward to the next 20 years with an overflowing heart and anticipation of more growth. With you by my side, we can do anything!